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Observation: Rodeo Ridge

Observation Date
1/10/2019
Observer Name
Bill Brandt
Region
Ogden
Location Name or Route
Rodeo
Weather
Sky
Overcast
Precipitation
Light Snowfall
Wind Speed
Calm
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Dense Loose
Wind Crust
Damp
Red Flags
Red Flags
Recent Avalanches
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments
Numerous slides from Monday and Tuesday including most aspects and elevations.
Avalanche Problem #1
Problem
Normal Caution
Trend
Decreasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments
I think most avalanche problems have settled down. There appeared to be many slides within in the new snow from Monday and Tuesday and this is no longer a danger. The facets surrounded the rime crust are currently nonreactive in the pits I've seen. The weak snow from early season is gaining strength. In some areas, wind sheltered N and NE to a greater extent than S, buried surface hoar and NSF are still present in the snowpack and may represent a problem after the next big load/storm. These layers were palpable while skinning across the bed surface of slide paths we crossed today.
I observed many cracks which never slid, but had no cracking or collapsing today. Most crowns were partially filled in by new snow. I liked how the snow from the slides stacked up on the uphill side of the tree trunks. In some places this was almost 5 feet high.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Low

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